The Dolphins are expected to start second-round CB Xavien Howard in Week 1 against the Seahawks.
Howard missed over three weeks of training camp following an offseason knee scope and hasn't played at all in preseason. He is expected to play in the exhibition finale. While Howard is supremely raw with next to no time in DC Vance Joseph's system, he can't possibly be worse than overmatched Tony Lippett. Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin & Co. should still be licking their chops.
John Brown is sitting out Sunday's regular season dress rehearsal.
The Cardinals have zero reason to risk Brown's health after he spent much of the month battling concussion issues. It's a concern for the regular season, but Brown will be out there Week 1. He provides a ton of upside as a WR3.
Dolphins rookie RB Kenyan Drake will play in the preseason finale.
It'll be Drake's first exhibition-game action. Drake has been plagued by hamstring injuries since OTAs and dating back to Alabama, but is finally healthy and was reportedly making some plays in the passing game at Sunday's practice. As a third-round pick, Drake's roster spot should be assured.
Dolphins RB Isaiah Pead (hamstring) will miss "at least" two weeks.
Pead's star-crossed career continues. Coming on strong at Dolphins training camp, Pead earned first-team snaps behind Arian Foster and Jay Ajayi in the regular season dress rehearsal before going down. With final cuts on the horizon, Pead couldn't have suffered this injury at a worse time.
The Chargers rested Antonio Gates in their third preseason game.
Gates is fine, but the Bolts wanted to get second-round pick Hunter Henry more work with the ones. One of the top value picks among tight ends this year, Gates enters 2016 with a lofty touchdown projection in one of the NFL's better passing games. He's a no-brainer pick in the ninth and tenth rounds.
Kyle Rudolph absorbed three of his five targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s preseason game.
Inconsistency comes with the territory for Rudolph and Sunday was more of the same. Rudolph turned the ball over with a costly fumble in the second quarter but redeemed himself by nabbing a 27-yard touchdown from Teddy Bridgewater with less than two minutes to go in the first half. Rudolph has never gone for more than 500 yards in a season and that’s probably his ceiling for 2016.
Danny Woodhead caught 1-of-2 targets for 25 yards in Sunday's regular season dress rehearsal.
Woodhead "added" three rushes for zero yards. The real news is that Woodhead's direct backup, Branden Oliver, was lost for the season with a torn Achilles' tendon. The league's premier pass-catching back, Woodhead is a legitimate RB2 in PPR leagues, and solid bench option in standard formats.
The Broncos have asked P Britton Colquitt to accept a pay cut.
If Colquitt doesn't accept, he will likely be released. The Broncos would then roll with rookie Riley Dixon at punter. Once one of the NFL's highest-paid punters, Colquitt is entering a contract year. He is owed $3.25 million.